A former Ohio University commit has made the decision to cross state lines and become a Wolverine.
2012 forward Caris LeVert (Pickering Central, OH) has committed to the University of Michigan after visiting the campus last weekend. Apparently the decision was made right after that visit, but no official announcement was made until this Friday.
LeVert, a friend of current Wolverine point guard Trey Burke, chose UM over Xavier, Dayton and Purdue. He was originally let out of his letter of intent at Ohio U after head coach John Groce left the school to take over at Illinois.
Michigan coach John Beilein has assembled a fantastic 2012 class, headlined by top-30 prospects Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy NH) and Glenn Robinson III (St. John, IN). LeVert will join those two and Massachusetts prep school guards Nick Stauskas and Spike Albrecht in a 5-man class that will have an immediate impact on Wolverine hoops.
The Wolverines will have to replace senior leaders Zach Novak and Stu Douglass, as well as sophomore transfer Evan Smotrycz. Burke is returning after seriously considering entrance in the NBA draft. Second leading-scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. will also be back for his junior season in Ann Arbor.
LeVert comes to Michigan with a background in winning. The Pickering Central senior is coming off a state title year in which he led his team to a 26-2 overall record. He could find himself getting some playing time as a freshman – primarily as a back-up to Hardaway and Robinson – though he will certainly have to battle his way into that rotation.